With registration for the CONVENE Hosted Buyer programme well under way, the response so far suggests that the upcoming edition of the event will be the most valuable and diverse one yet! Demand for the programme is up by one-third compared to last year. There’s been a noticeable increase in applications submitted by European Buyers with specific events they wish to host in the region as well as those representing long haul destinations, such as the US, India, and China. The event will take place on 14-15 February 2018 at the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre, LITEXPO, in Vilnius.
Hosted Buyers benefit from complimentary flights, transfers, accommodation, networking events, full daytime and evening refreshments and the opportunity to take part in one of a number of fam trips in the region’s destinations, which have been expanded to include Gdansk, Poland this year. Pre-scheduled appointments with choice Exhibitors afford buyers the flexibility and time needed to discover a range of suppliers from across the region while taking part in the highly-regarded CONVENE Education Sessions.
In response to the surge in applications to the Hosted Buyer programme, CONVENE Director Jolanta Beniulienė says, “We are continuing to see the impact CONVENE is having on our regional meetings and events industry. It’s no longer just about putting the Baltic Sea Region on the map across Europe, either; the increase of Hosted Buyers from long haul destinations is giving destinations across our region an important degree of global relevance. This will undoubtedly provide added benefits to everyone attending the show.”
Organised by the Vilnius Convention Bureau, CONVENE serves as a business marketplace with non-stop networking opportunities for meeting professionals. The event gathers the Baltic Sea meeting and events industry under one roof and encourages knowledge and best practice sharing by bringing Suppliers and Buyers together. Over 165 Hosted Buyers from Europe and beyond are expected to attend, with an estimated 3,500 pre-scheduled business meetings to be conducted with some 80 Exhibitors from the region during two-day event.
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